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Sigurd Lewerentz—Pure Aesthetics

St Mark’s Church, 1956–1963

With Contributions by Stephen Bates, Maria Aron Berg, Karin Björnquist, Sébastien Corbari, Hansjörg Göritz, Matthew Hall, and Beate Hølmebakk
Photography by Karin Björnquist and Sébastien Corbari 

Distributed for Park Books

Sigurd Lewerentz—Pure Aesthetics

St Mark’s Church, 1956–1963

With Contributions by Stephen Bates, Maria Aron Berg, Karin Björnquist, Sébastien Corbari, Hansjörg Göritz, Matthew Hall, and Beate Hølmebakk
Photography by Karin Björnquist and Sébastien Corbari 

An atmospheric masterpiece of modern religious architecture: Sigurd Lewerentz’s Markuskyrkan (St Mark’s Church) in Stockholm’s Björkhagen district.

St Mark’s Church in Björkhagen, one of Stockholm’s southern districts, is one of Sigurd Lewerentz’s (1885–1975) key designs. But unlike Lewerentz’s other famous church, St Peter’s in Klippan, no book has been published to date that constitutes a fitting tribute to this masterpiece of brick brutalism.

This opulent new building monograph now fills this gap. Some two hundred new color photographs and explanatory plans, alongside essays by distinguished authorities on Lewerentz’s architecture, turn this book into a visual feast. It demonstrates the exquisitely atmospheric St Mark’s Church both as a stand-alone object and in the context of its surrounding urban landscape. Moreover, it picks out many details, such as the floor coverings, furnishings, lamps, banisters, the altar, and other liturgical features. The essays explore aspects of materiality and topics such as the church’s special acoustics and atmosphere in an attempt to reveal the secret of Sigurd Lewerentz’s church designs.

352 pages | 218 color plates, 10 line drawings | 7 3/4 x 10 3/4

Architecture: European Architecture


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